A little while ago I did a post on my favorite face care products, and since I got such great feedback from you guys I decided that a post on my all-time favorite hair care products was most definitely in order! Just like with outfit posts, I try to give you guys a range of options from my favorite splurges to the best steals. Enjoy!
Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo $48
The ultimate in luxury shampoos, this is the shampoo that my colorist at Chris McMillan salon (Jennifer Anniston’s famed salon) uses and recommends. While it’s SUPER amazing and smells awesome, $48 can be a bit of a steep price tag for 10 fl. oz. Totally worth it, but better as a splurge gift to yourself rather than an all the time purchase.
Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Conditioner For Dry Hair $58
I happen to have been cursed with dry, rather fine hair. Add lots of color processing on top of that, and my hair is constantly in DESPERATE need of hydration. This conditioner is amaaaaaazing, and again is another rec from my colorist, HOWEVER, at $58 for 8 fl. oz. it’s another one of those splurges. But seriously, if you’re in the market for some insanely conditioning conditioner (hehe), then this is the one for you.
Shu Uemura Mask $160, smaller tub here $68
I was recently lucky enough to be introduced to this insanely moisturizing hair mask, and OMG it’s amazing. Like out of this world beyond comprehension moisturizing goodness. If you are going to buy ONE thing, get this. You can leave it on overnight or wash it out after 15 minutes, and it leaves your hair looking like a Pantene Pro-V add. For reals.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Shampoo $32
In case ridiculously pricey shampoo is not on your list of must-haves, this Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo from Alterna is awesome. Thick and cleansing, it smells amazing and keeps the frizz-factor low. I may or may sit and smell my hair after I’ve used it….
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Conditioner $32
Just like it’s shampoo counterpart, this conditioner is super creamy and comes at a slightly more affordable price-point. I LOVE IT.
Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 $28
Let’s talk leave in conditioners for a second. They can be a total pain when they leave your hair feeling greasy, weighted down, dull, or dirty. This CC cream from Alterna is not only lightweight, it also provides moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength (hence the 10-in-1 name). I love love love it and have noticed a huge difference in my hair since I started using it. It’s also free of parabens, sulphates, and other crummy chemicals.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin (on sale!) $15
Ok so this is my go-to must-have leave in. I would seriously use it even if it didn’t do anything for my hair simply because it smells SO INSANELY GOOD. The great news is that it does actually make my hair better! I spray this into my towel dried hair before I brush it out, and not only does the keratin help control frizz and strengthen my hair, it helps with detangling too. Love.
So recently I went on the hunt for a hair mask that wasn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg, and while Shu Uemura’s mask will always hold a special spot in my heart, this Redken diamond oil mask is pretty incredible. At $21, it’s waaaaay more affordable and leaves my hair silky smooth. I use it between 1-3 times a week and it’s a lifesaver especially when my hair has just been colored. Definite yes.
OGX Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo $13
As promised, I have options for you guys that I have personally tried at each price point, and OGX has some great shampoos and conditioners. The Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo does an awesome job on frizz control and my hair seems noticeably straighter and shinier.
I love anything with Argan oil, and this conditioner from OGX is no exception. For $13, it’s a great buy and makes my hair soft and smooth. Not a HUGE fan of the ingredients, that is my only drawback.
OGX Argan Oil Spray $6.99
Shine spray!!! We all need it. Hair tends to start looking pretty dull (or at least mine does) so I like to have a shine spray on hand that helps with boosting shine and controlling frizz. This OGX spray is really lightweight and won’t leave you looking greasy, which can definitely happen with heavier oils.
Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray $30
If you are willing to spring for a slightly pricier spray, this Moroccan Oil spray with Argan is KILLER. It smells amazing, works like a charm, and lasts FOREVER.
Kenra Perfect Medium Spray $20
Finding a good hairspray has always been one of the hardest hair hurdles for me. You want something that has hold but that doesn’t make your hair crunch, that still allows for some movement and that doesn’t smell like that awful Aqua Net stuff your mom used to use. Most hairsprays smell really funky, and since I’m a smell girl, I can tell you that this Kenra spray not only doesn’t give you the crunchies, it also smells amaze. Definitely a must-have.
Blow Pro Body by Blow Mousse on sale $13.99
If your hair is volume-challenged like mine, then this Blow Pro mousse will be your bff for life. I apply it at my roots after putting on my leave-in conditioner, and then blowdry right away and BOOM! Volume. I have yet to find another product that works this well. I also love that it doesn’t leave any residue or make my hair feel crunchy like some mousse. It’s light and perfect.
Sephora Collection Nylon Paddle Hair Brush $18
Ok so you might be smarter than I am, but until recently I had NO clue that different brushes were used for different things. As in I used one brush for all of my hair needs and was constantly confused as to why my hair didn’t turn out the way that I wanted it to. Turns out that using a smoothing brush for every hair need is not a good idea. So. Make sure that you invest in a paddle brush like this one – it does an awesome job at gently brushing through wet hair and allows you to blow dry hair straight as well.
Sephora Collection Medium Round Vented Dual Hair Brush $22
This is a must-have brush for those blow dry queens who love to had body and curl to their hair. I love this brush because it has both the boar head bristles and nylon nubs, so it smooths, detangles, and adds volume. Perfect for creating lift and dimension.
Sephora Collection Dual Boar Paddle Brush (great for smoothing updos and buns $22
This is the brush that I use for updos and for sleek ponytails (and is the sort of brush that I used for everything until recently). It’s perfect for smoothing and creating sleek styles. Just don’t use it on wet hair, I learned that lesson the hard way 😉